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Series/Special. (2012) The 2012 Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, N.C. (CC) (Stereo)

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  CNN    Democratic National Convention    Series/Special.  (2012) The 2012 Democratic  
   National Convention from Charlotte, N.C. (CC) (Stereo)  

    September 6, 2012
    10:00 - 12:00am PDT  

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that's what i remember. seeing my doctor probably saved my life. warning signs are not the same for everyone. if you think something's wrong... see your doctor. ask about gynecologic cancer. and get the inside knowledge. over the past four years, we've had a president who has committed himself and his administration to the values that made america great.
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economic fairness, equal opportunity, and the belief that if each of us gives back to this country we love and all of us work together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. [ applause ] those are the ideals that my father and my uncles fought for. those are the ideals i believe in. and this election is about whether we will advance those ideals or let them be swept away. >> caroline kennedy on stage earlier tonight. now, more of president obama's speech. around the world we've strengthened old alliances and forged new coalitions to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. we've reasserted our power across the pacific and stood up to china on behalf of our workers. from burma to libya, we have advanced the rights of all human beings. men and women, christians,
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muslims and jews. but for all the progress we made, challenges remain. terrorist plots must be disrupted, our commitment to israel's security must not waiver and neither must our pursuit of peace. the historic chain sweeping across the arab world must be not defined by the fist of an iron dictator but by the hopes by people who are reaching for the same rights that we celebrate here today. so now we have a choice. my opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy. but from all that we've seen and
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heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost america so dearly. after all, you don't call russia our number one enemy, not al qaeda, russia, unless you're still stuck in a cold war mind warp. you might not be ready for diplomacy with beijing if you can't visit the olympics without insulting our closest ally. my opponent, my opponent said that it was tragic to end the war in iraq. and he won't tell us how he'll end the war in afghanistan. well, i have and i will. and while my opponent would spend more money some military
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hardware that our joint chiefs don't even want, i will use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work, rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and runways, because after two wars, that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it's time to do some nation building right here at home. you can choose a future where we reduce our deficit without sticking it to the middle class. independent experts say that my plan would cut our deficit by $4 trillion. and last summer i worked with republicans in congress to cut a billion in spending because those of us who believe government could be a force for good should work harder than
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anyone to reform it so it's leaner and more efficient and more responsive to the american people. i want to reform the tax code so that simple, fair and ask the wealthiest households to pay tax on incomes over $250,000. the same rate when bill clinton was president. the same rate when we had when our economy created 23 million new jobs. the biggest surplus in history and a whole lot of millionaires to boot. i'm still eager to reach an agreement based on the principles of my bipartisan debt commission. no party has an monopoly on wisdom. no democracy works without compromise. i want to get this done and we can get it done. but when governor romney and his friends in congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficits by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy,
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well, what did bill clinton call it? you do the arithmetic. you do the math. i refuse to go along with that. and as long as i'm president, i never will. i refuse to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire's tax cuts. i refuse to ask students to pay more for college or kick children out of head start programs or eliminate health insurance for americans so the those with the most can pay less. i'm not going along with that. [ applause ] and i will never -- i will never
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turn medicare into a voucher. no american should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. they should retire with the care and the dignity that they have earned. yes, we will reform and strengthen medicare for the long haul, but we'll do it by reducing the cost of health care. not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more. and we will keep the promise of social security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it. not by turning it over to wall street. >> we're bringing you president obama's speech in its entirety. we'll have more after a short break.
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look around you, everyone. this has been the most diverse, most inclusive convention ever held anywhere in the united states of america!
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a convention not just of symbolism, but of substance. this is the first time that a major party platform recognizes marriage equality as a basic human right! >> the los angeles mayor, who is also the chair of the 2012 democratic national convention committee. now more from president obama's speech. this is the choice we now face. this is what the election comes down to. over and over we've been told by our opponents that bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations are the only way, that since
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government can't do everything, it should do almost nothing. if you can't afford health insurance, hope that you don't get sick. if a company releases toxic pollution into the air, your children breathe, well, that's the price of progress. if you can't afford to start a business or go to college, take my oppent's advice and borrow money from your parents. you know what? that's not who we are. that's not what this country is about. as americans, we believe we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, rights that no man or government can take away. we insist on personal responsibility and we celebrate individual initiative. we're not entitled to success. we have to earn it. we honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk takers.
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the entrepreneurs who have been the driving force behind our free enterprise system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity that the world has ever known. but we also believe in something called citizenship. citizenship. a word at the very hard of our founding. a word at the very essence of our democracy. the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another. and future generations. we believe that when a ceo pays his auto workers enough to buy the cars that they build, the whole company does better. we believe that when a family can no longer be tricked into signing a mortgage they can't afford, that family is protected but so is the value of other people's homes. and so is the entire economy.
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we believe the little girl who's offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the next steve jobs or a scientist who cures cancer or the president of the united states and it is in our power to give her that chance. we know that churches and charities can often make more of a difference than a poverty program alone. we don't want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves and we certainly don't want bailouts for banks that break the rules. we don't think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don't think that the government is the source of all of our problems. any more than our welfare
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recipients or corporations or unions or immigrants or gays or any other group we're told to blame for our troubles. because america, we understand that this democracy is ours. we the people, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights. that our destinies are bound together. that a freedom which asks only what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense.
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as citizens, we understand that america is not about what can be done for us. it's about what can be done by us. together. through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. that's what we believe. so you see, the election four years ago wasn't about me. it was about you. my fellow citizens, you were the change. you're the reason there is a little girl with a heart disorder in phoenix who will get the surgery she needs because an insurance company can't limit her coverage. you did that.
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you're the reason a young man in colorado who never thought he would be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance. you made that possible. you're the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country she's ever called home. why selfless soldiers won't be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love. why thousands of families have been able to say to the loved ones who served us so bravely, welcome home. welcome home. you did that. you did that. you did that. if you turn away now, if you turn away now, if you buy into
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the cynicism that the change we fought for isn't possible, well, change will not happen. if you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void. the lobbyists and special interests, the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are trying to make it harder for you to vote. washington politicians trying to decide who you should marry or politicians trying to control health care decisions that women should be making for themselves. only you can make su that doesn't happen. only you have the power to move us forward. >> we'll be right back. everyone has goals.
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we face serious challenges in our country. we must create good middle class jobs so we can have an economy that is built to last. we must rebuild our roads and bridges and improve our public schools. and particularly important to me in my state of florida is the challenge of saving medicare and social security so we can keep our promise to our seniors. but there are common sense solutions within our reach. if we only have leaders who are willing and enthusiastic to find common ground. no political party has a monopoly on that kind of leadership. but as a former life long republican it pains me to tell me that today's republicans and
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mitt romney and paul ryan just aren't up to the task. they're beholden to the my way or the highway bullies, indebted to billionaires who bankroll their ads, and allergic to the very idea of compromise. ronald reagan would not have stood for that. barack obama does not stand for that. you and i will not stand for that. i'll be honest with you, i don't agree with president obama about everything, but i've gotten to know him. and i've worked with him and the choice is crystal clear. >> charlie crist on stage earlier this evening, the former republican governor of florida who could run for his old office as a democrat. now back to president obama's speech. you know, i recognize that
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times have changed since i first spoke to this convention. times have changed and so have i. i'm no longer just a candidate. i'm the president. and that -- and that means i know what it means to send young americans into battle. for i've held in my arms, mothers and fathers of those who didn't return. i've shared the pain of families who have lost their homes and the frustration of workers who have lost their jobs.
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if the critics are right that i've made all my decisions based on polls, then i must not be very good at reading them. and while i'm very proud of what we've achieved together, i'm far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what lincoln meant when he said i have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that i had no place else to go. but as i stand here tonight, i have never been more hopeful about america. not because i think i have all the answers, not because i'm naive about the magnitude of our challenges. i'm hopeful because of you. the young woman i met at a science fair who won national recognition for her biology research while living with her
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family at a homeless shelter, she gives me hope.
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i think about the young sailor i met at walter reed hospital still recovering from a grenade attack that will cause him to have his leg amputated above the knee. six months ago we would watch him walk into the white house. tall, 20 pounds heavier, with a big grin on his face, sturdy on his new leg and i remember how a few months after that i would watch him on a bicycle. racing with his fellow wounded warriors on a sparkling spring day. inspiring other heros who had just begun the hard path he had traveled. he gives me hope. he gives me hope. >> we'll be right back with more of president obama's speech.
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president obama kept his promises! he promised to end the war in iraq and he has. and our heroes have come home. he promised to end the war in afghanistan, responsibly. and he is, and our heroes are coming home. he promised to focus like a laser on al qaeda, and he has. and our forces have eliminated more of its leadership in the last three years than in all the eight years that came before. and after more than -- after more than ten years without justice for thousands of americans murdered on 9/11, after mitt romney said it would be naive to go into pakistan to pursue the terrorists, it took president obama, against the
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advice of many, to give that order and finally rid this earth of osama bin laden! ask osama bin laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago. >> senator john kerry on stage tonight. now back to president obama's speech. i don't know what party these men and women belong to. i don't know if they'll vote for me. but i know that their spirit defines us. they remind me in the words of scripture that ours is a future filled with hope. and if you share that faith with me, if you share that hope with me, i ask you tonight for your vote.
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if you reject the notion that this nation's promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election. if you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden to the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election. if you believe that new plants and factories can dot our landscape, that new energy can power our future, that new schools can provide ladders of opportunity to this nation of dreamers, if you believe in a country where everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules, then i need you to vote this november. america, i never said this
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journey would be easy, and i won't promise that now. yes, our path is harder. but it leads to a better place. yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together. we don't turn back. we leave no one behind. we pull each other up. we draw strength from our victories and we learn from our mistakes. but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth. thank you. god bless you. and god bless these united states. ♪
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♪ >> the president of the united states, showing clearly the advantage of going second. he had the opportunity to respond in detail to so many of the critical points made by mitt romney and paul ryan last week in tampa and the president also wanted to differentiate his philosophy, his vision, his outline for where the united states is right now and where it is heading. it was clearly an effort to respond to all of the criticism that the democrats and the obama administration and the president and the vice president took last week. the president was clearly making a point that mitt romney didn't mention the men and women of the military last week. didn't mention the sacrifices paid by the troops last week at a speech in tampa.
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that's why so much of the president's comments today thanked the u.s. men and women of the u.s. military for what they have done, a clear differentiation of what was said. there will be many points in the president's speech that will now be debated, but for now he has done exactly what he and his advisers wanted to do, set the stage for two complete different visions, domestic policy and national security between himself and mitt romney. candy crowley is on the podium. candy? >> i think in this speech we saw two things. one was i need more time. and the other was what we have been told from the very beginning of this campaign, almost 18 months ago. i think i recall talking to obama political advisers and they we talking about choice. they don't want it to be a referendum on the last four years, which even the president says are incomplete on the economy and other things. they want this to be a choice.
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i thought this was tougher on mitt romney then we were led to believe. i think this was less specific, about what would be different about the next four years than we were led to believe. but it got back to their core message. i need more time and the choice you have is very clear. wolf? >> the celebration is only just beginning here at the time warner cable arena. but the folks obviously inside this building, and i suspect around the country were thrilled by what the president has to say. he clearly still has that skill that he's had over these many years. >> it certainly wasn't a speech full of rhetoric like some of his speeches four years ago. some of it comparing sort of to a state of the union almost in terms of going down a checklist. james carville what did you think? >> i thought the democrats had very good convention here. no doubt about it. and the level of oratory was very high. this was probably not the best speech of the convention.
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but what i'm struck by is the muscular tone and attitude in both the vice president and president tonight. this is not the mommy party on show here, this is the daddy party. you saw that. they really wanted to get that across and i think to some extent they were successful. i thought he was pretty good when he was talking about education, a very good speech. but some of the speeches here were some of the best convention speeches i've heard anyway. >> david gergen? >> i agree with james. it's been a very good convention for democrats. there's been an arc in speeches at conventions. he started out eight years ago in boston and he was magical and then he came to denver and i thought he was compelling as a candidate. tonight he was presidential. and it's a different aura, it's a more dignified speech, but he's a president and he's scarred, he's more mature and he's not promising as much. there is very little here in the way of promises about jobs in terms of where we're going on this, how much we're going to get the deficit down quickly.
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i thought he lowered the bar in terms of what he was trying to achieve. but i did think he was very presidential. he's moved from hope and change to hope and faith. >> we'll be right back. [ pilot ] now when you build an aircraft, you want to make sure it goes up and stays up. [ chirp ] with android apps, you get better quality conol. so our test flights are less stressful. i've got a lot of paperwork, and time is everything here. that's why i upgraded to the new sprint direct connect. [ chirp ] and the fastest push-to-talk nationwide. [ male announcer ] upgrade to the new "done." [ chirp ] with access to the fastest push to talk, three times the coverage, and android productivity apps. now when you buy one motorola admiral rugged smartphone, for ninety nine ninety nine, you'll get one free. visit a sprint store, or call eight five five, eight seven eight, four biz.
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for as long as i've known him, joe has never given up, never failed to see the possibilities, and never had any doubt about who he's fighting for. and as long as he has the privilege of serving this nation, i know from the bottom of my heart that he will continue to fight for you every day. >> vice president joe biden's
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wife, dr. jill biden. let's take a look at some of vice president biden's speech 679 >> tonight what i really want to do is tell you about my friend, barack obama. no one could tell it as eloqu t eloquently as you did, michelle, on monday night. but i know him, to state the obvious from a different perspective, i know him and i want to show you -- i want to show you the character of a leader who had what it took when the american people literally stood on the brink of a new depression. a leader who has what it takes to lead us over the next four years to a future as great as our people. i want to take you inside the
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white house to see the president as i see him every day, because i don't see him in sound bytes. i walk 30 paces down the hall into the oval office and i see him, i watch him in action. four years ago, the middle class was already losing ground and then the bottom fell out. the financial crisis hit like a sledge hammer on all the people i grew up with. you remember the headlines. you saw some of them in the previews. highlight. highest job losses in 60 years. headlines. economy on the brink. markets plummet worldwide. from the very moment president obama sat behind the desk resolute in the oval office, he knew. he knew he had not only to restore the confidence of a
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nation, but he had to restore the confidence of the whole world. and he also knew -- he also knew that one, one false move could bring a run on the banks. or a credit collapse. to put another several million people out of work. america and the world needed a strong president with a steady hand and with the judgment and vision to see us through. day after day, night after night, i sat beside him as he made one gutsy decision after the other to stop the slide and reverse it. i watched him. i watched him stand up. i watched him stand up to intense pressure and stare down enormous, enormous challenges.
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the consequences of which were awesome. but most of all, i got to see firsthand what drove this man. his profound concern for the average american. he knew, he knew that no matter how tough this decisions he had to make were in that oval office, he knew that families all over america sitting at their kitchen tables were literally making decisions for their family that were equally as consequential. you know, barack and i, we've been through a lot together these four years. and we learned about one another. a lot about one another. and one of the things i learned about barack is the enormity of his heart. and i think he learned about me, the depth of my loyalty to him. [ applause ]
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and there's another thing. another thing that has bound us together these past four years. we had a pretty good idea what all those families, all you americans in trouble, were going through. in part because our own families had gone through similar struggles. barack as a young man had to sit at the end of his mother's hospital bed and watch her fight with her insurance company. at the very same time she was fighting for her life. when i was a young kid in third grade, i remember my dad coming up the stairs in my grand pop's house where we were living, sitting at the end of my bed and saying, joey, i'm going to have to leave for a while.
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go down to wilmington, delaware, with uncle frank. there are good jobs down there, honey. in a little while, a little while, i'll be able to send for you and mom and jimmy and val. and everything's going to be fine. for the rest of our life, my sister and my brothers, for the rest of our life, my dad never failed to remind us that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. it's about -- [ applause ] it's about your dignity. it's about respect. it's about your place in the community. it's about being able to look your child in the eye and say, honey, it's going to be okay. and mean it. and know it's true. when barack and i were growing up, there was an implicit
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understanding in america. that if you took responsibility, you'd get a fair shot at a better life. and the values, the values behind that bargain, were the values that has shaped both us. and many, many of you. and today those same values are barack's guiding star. folks, i've watched him. he has never wavered. he never, never backs down. he always steps up and he always asks in every one of those critical meetings the same fundamental question, how is this going to affect the average american? how is this going to affect people's lives? that's what's inside this man. that's what makes him tick. that's who he is. [ applause ]
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folks, because of the decisions he has made, and the incredible strength of the american people, america has turned the corner. the worst job loss since the great depression. we've since created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the last 29 months. >> as i mentioned at the outset, four years ago we were hit hard. you saw, you saw your retirement accounts drained, the equity in your homes vanish, jobs lost around the line. but what did you do? you didn't lose faith, you fought back. you didn't give up. you got up. you're the ones. the american people. you're the ones. you're the reason why we are still better positioned than any country in the world to lead the
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21st century. you never quit on america and you deserve a president who will never quit on you! [ applause ] my fellow americans, we now find ourselves at the hinge of history. and the direction we turn is not figuratively, it's literally in your hands. it has been a truly great honor to serve you and to serve with barack, who has always stood up with you for the past four years. i've seen him tested. i know his strength, his commands, his faith. and i also know the incredible confidence he has in all of you. i know this man.
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yes, the work of recovery is not yet complete, but we are on our way. the journey of hope is not yet finished, but we are on our way. and the cause of change is not fully accomplished, but we are on our way. so i say to you tonight, with absolute confidence, america's best days are ahead. and yes, we are on our way! and in light of that horizon, for the values that define us, for the ideals that inspire us, there is only one choice. that choice is to move forward, boldly forward and finish the job and re-elect president barack obama! god bless you all and may god protect our troops. god bless you. thank you. [ applause ]
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the president is a servant of today. >> america is the future that each generation must enlarge. >> this election is not about idealology, it's about confidence. >> i still believe in a place called hope. >> i stand here tonight as my own man. and i want you to know me for
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who i truly am. >> i'm john kerry and i'm reporting for duty. >> america, we cannot turn back, not with so much to be done. >> this is cnn. >> welcome from charlotte, north carolina on the final day of the democratic national convention. earlier tonight, president obama accepted the nomination for a second term and for the next 90 minutes we're going to bring you his speech in its entirely. here's how it began. the president took the stage to tell the delegates and the american people his vision for the future. ♪
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♪ ♪ >> thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you so much. >> four more years! four more years! >> thank you.
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thank you so much. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] michelle, i love you so much. a few nights ago, everybody was reminded just what a lucky man i am. malia and sasha, we are so proud of you. and yes, you do have to go to school in the morning.
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and joe biden, thank you for being the very best vice president i could have ever hoped for, and being a strong and loyal friend. madam chairwoman, delegates, i accept your nomination for president of the united states. [ applause ] >> four more years! four more years! >> now, the first time i addressed this convention in
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2004, i was a younger man. a senate candidate from illinois who spoke about hope. not blind optimism, not wishful thinking, but hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty. that dogged faith in the future which has pushed this nation forward even when the odds are great, even when the road is long. eight years later, that hope has been tested. by the cost of war, by one of the worst economic crises in history. and by political gridlock that's left us wondering whether it's even possible to tackle the challenges of our time. i know campaigns can seem small, even silly sometimes. trivial things become big distractions. serious issues become sound
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bytes. the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. and if you're sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me, so am i. but when all is said and done, when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. over the next few years, big decisions will be made in washington on jobs, the economy, taxes and deficits, energy, education, war and peace. decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children's lives for decades to come. and on every issue, the choice
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you face won't just be between two candidates or two parties. it will be a choice between two different paths for america. a choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future. ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known. the values my grandfather defended as a soldier in patton's army. the values that drove my grandmother to work on a bomber assembly line while he was gone. they knew they were part of something larger. a nation that triumphed over fascism and depression. a nation where the businesses turned out the best products and everyone shared in that pride and success from the corner office to the factory floor. my grandparents were given a chance to go to college and buy
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their own home and fulfill the basic bargain at the heart of america's story. the promise that hard work will pay off and responsibility will be rewarded. that everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules from main street to wall street to washington, d.c. [ applause ] and i ran for president because i saw that basic bargain slipping away. i began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas. and by 2008 we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising and paychecks that didn't. folks racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition, put gas in the
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car or food on the table. and when the house of cards collapsed in the great recession, millions of americans lost their jobs, their homes, the life savings. a tragedy from which we're still fighting to recover. now, our friends down in tampa, at the republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with america. but they didn't have much to say about how they would make it right. they want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plan. and that's because all they had to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. have a surplus, try a tax cut. deficit too high, try another. feel a cold coming on? take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning.
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[ applause ] now, i've cut taxes for those who need it. middle class families, small businesses. but i don't believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores. or pay down our deficit. i don't believe firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of china. after all we've been through, i don't believe that rolling back regulations on wall street will help the small business woman expand or the laid off construction worker keep his home. we have been there. we've tried that. we're not going back. we are moving forward, america.
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[ applause ] now, i won't pretend the path i'm offering is quick or easy. i never have. you didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. you elected me to tell you the truth. and the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. it will require common effort and shared responsibility and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that franklin roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. and those of us who carry on his legacy should remember that not everything can be remedied with another government program or dictate from washington. but know this, america.
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our problems can be solved. our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. and i'm asking you to choose that future. i'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country. goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit. real, achievable plans that will lead to new jobs. more opportunity. and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. that's what we can do in the next four years, and that is why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. [ applause ] >> we'll be right back with more of president obama's speech.
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gabby! gabby! gabby! >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> gabby! gabby! >> former congresswoman gabrielle giffords saying the pledge of allegiance to open the final session of the democratic national convention here in charlotte. now, more of the president's speech.
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we can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer jobs. after a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, we're getting back to basics and doing what america has always done best. we are making things again. i've met workers in detroit and toledo who feared they would never build another american car, and today they can't build them fast enough because we reinvented a dying auto industry that's back on top of the world. i've worked with business leaders who are bringing jobs back to america. not because our workers make less pay, but because we make
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better products. but because we work harder and smarter than anyone else. i sign trade agreements that are helping our companies sell more goods to millions of customers. goods that are stamped with three proud words, made in america. [ applause ] >> usa! usa! >> and after a decade of decline, this country created over half a million manufacturing jobs in the last 2 1/2 years. and now you have a choice. we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that create new jobs here in the united states of america.
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we can help big factories and small businesses double their exports. and if we choose this path we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. you can make that happen. you can choose that future. you can choose the path where we control more of our own energy. after 30 years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas. we have doubled our use of renewable energy and thousands of americans have jobs today building wind turbines and long lasting batteries. in the last year alone we cut oil imports by 1 million barrels a day, more than any administration in recent history. and today america is less dependent on foreign oil than at
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any time in the last two decades. so now you have a choice. between a strategy that reverses this progress or one that builds on it. we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three years and we'll open more. but unlike my opponent, i will not let oil companies write this country's energy plan or endanger our coastline or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers. we're offering a better path. we're offering a better path where we -- a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal. where farmers and scientists
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harvest new biofuels to power our cars and trucks. where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy. where we develop 100 years' supply of natural gas that's right beneath our feet. if you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone. [ applause ] and yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax. more droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. they are a threat to our children's future, and in this election, you can do something about it. [ applause ] you can chose a future where
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more americans have the chance to gain the skills they need to compete. no matter how old they are or how much money they have. education was the gateway to opportunity for me. it was the gateway for michelle. it was the gateway for most of you. and now more than ever it is the gateway to a middle class life. for the first time in a generation, nearly every state has answered our call to raise their standards for teaching and learning. some of the worst schools in the country have made real gains in math and reading. millions of students are paying less for college today, because we finally took on a system that wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on banks and lenders. and now you have a choice. we can gut education or we can decide that in the united states of america, no child should have her dreams deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling
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school, no family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don't have the money. no company should have to look for workers overseas because they couldn't find any with the right skills here at home. that's not our future. that is not our future. a government has a role in this, but teachers must inspire. principals must lead. parents must instill a thirst for learning. and students, you've got to do the work. and together i promise you we can out-educate and out-compete any nation on earth. so help me, help me recruit 100,000 math and science teachers within ten years and improve early childhood education. help give 2 million workers the chance to learn skills in their
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community college that will lead directly to a job. help us work with colleges and universities to cut in half the growth of tuition costs over the next ten years. we can meet that goal together. you can choose that future for america. that's our future. you know, in a world of new threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and proven. four years ago i promised to end the war in iraq. we did. i promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 and we have. we've blunted the taliban's momentum in afghanistan and in 2014, our longest war will be over.
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a new tower rises above the new york skyline. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. and tonight, we pay tribute to the americans who still serve in harm's way. we are forever in debt to a generation whose sacrifice has made this country safer and more respected. we will never forget you. and so long as i'm commander in chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. when you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you've served us, because no one
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over the past four years, we've had a president who has committed himself and his administration to the values that made america great. economic fairness, equal opportunity, and the belief that if each of us gives back to this country we love and all of us work together, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. [ applause ] those are the ideals that my father and my uncles fought for. those are the ideals i believe in.
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and this election is about whether we will advance those ideals or let them be swept away. >> caroline kennedy on stage earlier tonight. now, more of president obama's speech. around the world we've strengthened old alliances and forged new coalitions to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. we've reasserted our power across the pacific and stood up to china on behalf of our workers. from burma to libya, we have advanced the rights of all human beings. men and women, christians, muslims and jews. but for all the progress we made, challenges remain. terrorist plots must be disrupted, europe's crisis must be contained.
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our commitment to israel's security must not waiver and neither must our pursuit of peace. the historic chain sweeping across the arab world must be not defined by the fist of an iron dictator but by the hopes by people who are reaching for the same rights that we celebrate here today. so now we have a choice. my opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy. but from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost america so dearly. after all, you don't call russia our number one enemy, not al qaeda, russia, unless you're still stuck in a cold war mind warp.
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you might not be ready for diplomacy with beijing if you can't visit the olympics without insulting our closest ally. my opponent, my opponent said that it was tragic to end the war in iraq. and he won't tell us how he'll end the war in afghanistan. well, i have and i will. and while my opponent would spend more money on military hardware that our joint chiefs don't even want, i will use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work, rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and runways, because after two wars, that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it's time to do some nation building right
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here at home. you can choose a future where we reduce our deficit without sticking it to the middle class. independent experts say that my plan would cut our deficit by $4 trillion. and last summer i worked with republicans in congress to cut a billion in spending because those of us who believe government could be a force for good should work harder than anyone to reform it so it's leaner and more efficient and more responsive to the american people. i want to reform the tax code so that simple, fair and ask the wealthiest households to pay tax on incomes over $250,000. the same rate when bill clinton was president.
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the same rate when our economy created 23 million new jobs. the biggest surplus in history and a whole lot of millionaires to boot. i'm still eager to reach an agreement based on the principles of my bipartisan debt commission. no party has a monopoly on wisdom. no docracy works without compromise. i want to get this done and we can get it done. but when governor romney and his friends in congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficits by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy, well, what did bill clinton call it? you do the arithmetic. you do the math. i refuse to go along with that. and as long as i'm president, i never will. i refuse to ask middle class families to give up their
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deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire's tax cut. i refuse to ask students to pay more for college or kick children out of head start programs or eliminate health insurance for millions of americans who are poor or elderly or disabled all so those with the most can pay the less. i'm not going along with that. [ applause ] and i will never -- i will never turn medicare into a voucher. no american should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. they should retire with the care and the dignity that they have earned. yes, we will reform and
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strengthen medicare for the long haul, but we'll do it by reducing the cost of health care. not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more. and we will keep the promise of social security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it. not by turning it over to wall street. >> we're bringing you president obama's speech in its entirety. we'll have more after a short break. [ watch ticking ] [ engine revs ] come in. ♪ got the coffee. that was fast. we're outta here. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪
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look around you, everyone. this has been the most diverse, most inclusive convention ever held anywhere in the united states of america!
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a convention not just of symbolism, but of substance. this is the first time that a major party platform recognizes marriage equality as a basic human right! >> the los angeles mayor, who is also the chair of the 2012 democratic national convention committee. now more from president obama's speech. this is the choice we now face. this is what the election comes down to. over and over we've been told by our opponents that bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations are the only way, that since government can't do everything, it should do almost nothing.
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if you can't afford health insurance, hope that you don't get sick. if a company releases toxic pollution into the air, your children breathe, well, that's the price of progress. if you can't afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponent's advice and borrow money from your parents. you know what? that's not who we are. that's not what this country is about. as americans, we believe we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, rights that no man or government can take away. we insist on personal responsibility and we celebrate individual initiative. we're not entitled to success. we have to earn it. we honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk takers. the entrepreneurs who have been
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the driving force behind our free enterprise system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity that the world has ever known. but we also believe in something called citizenship. citizenship. a word at the very heart of our founding. a word at the very essence of our democracy. the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another. and future generations. we believe that when a ceo pays his auto workers enough to buy the cars that they build, the whole company does better. we believe that when a family can no longer be tricked into signing a mortgage they can't afford, that family is protected but so is the value of other people's homes. and so is the entire economy. we believe the little girl who's
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offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the next steve jobs or a scientist who cures cancer or the president of the united states and it is in our power to give her that chance. we know that churches and charities can often make more of a difference than a poverty program alone. we don't want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves and we certainly don't want bailouts for banks that break the rules. we don't think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don't think that the government is the source of all of our problems. any more than our welfare recipients or corporations or
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unions or immigrants or gays or any other group we're told to blame for our troubles. because america, we understand that this democracy is ours. we the people, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights. that our destinies are bound together. that a freedom which asks only what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense.
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as citizens, we understand that america is not about what can be done for us. it's about what can be done by us. together. through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. that's what we believe. so you see, the election four years ago wasn't about me. it was about you. my fellow citizens, you were the change. you're the reason there is a little girl with a heart disorder in phoenix who will get the surgery she needs because an insurance company can't limit her coverage. you did that. you're the reason a young man in
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colorado who never thought he would be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance. you made that possible. you're the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country she's ever called home. why selfless soldiers won't be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love. why thousands of families have been able to say to the loved ones who served us so bravely, welcome home. welcome home. you did that. you did that. you did that. if you turn away now, if you turn away now, if you buy into the cynicism that the change we
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fought for isn't possible, well, change will not happen. if you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void. the lobbyists and special interests, the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are trying to make it harder for you to vote. washington politicians trying to decide who you should marry or control health care choices that women should be making for themselves. only you can make sure that doesn't happen. only you have the power to move us forward. >> we'll be right back. ♪ lord, you got no reason ♪ you got no right ♪ ♪ i find myself at the wrong place ♪
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we face serious challenges in our country. we must create good middle class jobs so we can have an economy that is built to last. we must rebuild our roads and bridges and improve our public schools.
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and particularly important to me in my state of florida is the challenge of saving medicare and social security so we can keep our promise to our seniors. but there are common sense solutions within our reach. if we only have leaders who are willing and enthusiastic to find common ground. no political party has a monopoly on that kind of leadership. but as a former life long republican it pains me to tell me that today's republicans and mitt romney and paul ryan just aren't up to the task. they're beholden to the my way or the highway bullies, indebted to billionaires who bankroll their ads, and allergic to the very idea of compromise. ronald reagan would not have stood for that.
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barack obama does not stand for that. you and i will not stand for that. i'll be honest with you, i don't agree with president obama about everything, but i've gotten to know him. and i've worked with him and the choice is crystal clear. >> charlie crist on stage earlier this evening, the former republican governor of florida who could run for his old office as a democrat. now back to president obama's speech. you know, i recognize that times have changed since i first spoke to this convention. times have changed and so have i. i'm no longer just a candidate. i'm the president.